I don’t think anyone should write their autobiography until after they’re dead.
– Samuel Goldwyn
My name is Wilfried Voss, and my sixth sense tells me I am still alive. I was born and raised in Germany, but for the past thirty-plus years, my home and my heart have been in beautiful New England.
I share my birthday with celebrities like THE KING (Elvis Presley), Stephen Hawking, and David Bowie, which is January 8 (not the same year, though). My background is in Electrical Engineering, and my special skills allowed me to travel all over the world until I found my home here in the United States.
I am married to an Irish-American green-eyed red-head, which made me “Irish-by-Marriage,” and on May 27th, 2007, I was blessed with the birth of my son, Patrick. The same year I was also officially received into the Episcopal Church – We’re not Catholic, but that is another story and shall be told another time.
The next adventure will be spending $695 and finally become an American citizen, and I will share that adventure on my website, The Better American.
A Czech proverb says, “Learn a new language, and you gain another soul” and I can say, despite being familiar with the English language for many years, living in the United States has gained me another soul. As a result, I started writing and publishing technical literature while still maintaining my job as the president of a business that sells industrial electronics components.
The first book helped me to overcome the writer’s fear of being published, and I will continue this line of work, because it is rewarding, not due to the monetary compensation, but, egoistically and arrogantly, for my mind. Since 2009 I am exploring another genre of writing, namely fiction, which I maintain as a hobby. After all, making money with non-fiction is reasonably easy, while fiction is a totally different ballpark.
Just like the majority of hobby writers, I have numerous ideas in my head that would provide enough material for at least four or five books, but as Peter De Vries said: “I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.” Writing a novel takes time, and being my worst critic, it always takes some time before I am satisfied with my own writing.
Further Websites I maintain
The Better American
With a new administration in place, I will resume my activities to apply for US citizenship, and I invite you to join my journey through this blog. And true to the oath of allegiance, I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, by studying and writing about it.
The Panchen Lama Controversy
The Panchen Lama controversy presents itself by the unresolved status of two Panchen Lama, currently the 11th incarnation, one selected by the 14th Dalai Lama and another one picked by the Chinese government, which in turn raises the question about the Dalai Lama’s succession.